Explained Why The Umbrella Academy Becomes The Sparrow Academy

THE Netflix released the third season of The Umbrella Academy, which features the Hargreeves against Sparrow Academy. But after all, why does this alternative version of the central characters bear that name? We’ll see that now.

Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy begins in 1989, when 43 children with superpowers spontaneously emerge from unsuspecting wombs around the world. Seven of them are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who molds them into a superhero team worthy of saving the universe twice.

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The 1963 incident of the second season of Umbrella Academy changed the timeline, and Sir Reginald chose a different set of foster children in this rewritten history.

Dubbed the Sparrow Academy, the team consists of Marcus, Ben, Fei, Alphonso, Sloane, Jayme and Christopher, and the reason they were chosen is simple – Sir Reginald realized how much he screwed up.

When the Umbrella children visited their future father in 1963, the meeting left such a bitter taste, Reginald left and deliberately chose new recruits (the Umbrellas weren’t born anyway, but that’s another story).

Only Ben remains from the original lineup, as he was just a ghost in 1963. Sir Reginald’s reasons for reinventing the Academy are quite understandable – but why did he call this new group the Sparrow Academy?

When, in the 1960s, Sir Reginald Hargreeves met his children, not only did they reveal their true identities, but they also explained about Umbrella Academy in full, including the name of the team.

Given that his first group was such a flop, Reginald was likely reluctant to recycle the Umbrella Academy name, and any good rebrand requires a new title.

The real reason behind the name Sparrow Academy

Umbrella Academy doesn’t explicitly reveal where the Sparrow moniker came from, but most represent the team’s biggest strength over its Umbrella predecessors, as the Umbrella Academy points out. ScreenRant.

In the animal kingdom, sparrows are notoriously social birds, which cooperate to survive. In this way, Reginald named his new superhero team after an animal that worked harmoniously as a unit.

The Umbrella Academy, however, suggests a scarier origin for the name Sparrow Academy. When the Umbrella kids left in 1963, Viktor Hargreeves accidentally left young Harlan Cooper with superpowers.

Fast forward to season three, adult Harlan describes his gifts as a psychic connection to the other 43 children (16 after he broke up with them).

As seen in the final moments of The Umbrella Academy season 2, Harlan was very fond of a toy sparrow as a child. Perhaps that image of a sparrow crossed the vibratory connection between Harlan and Sir Reginald’s new foster children, and one of the children suggested Sparrow Academy as a name for their group, subconsciously influenced by Harlan.

Reginald would have gladly accepted, as long as it had nothing to do with umbrellas.

The Umbrella Academy is available on Netflix.

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